Marion has worked as a community and youth worker in a range of initiatives within children’s services for over 20 years. This has involved developing partnerships, interagency working, developing projects and training to support the inclusion of families, children and young people through education, training and employment opportunities.
While working for the Youth Service her responsibilities were to develop and improve the quality and standards within Youth Work delivery. A focus for the work was to support and assist staff to develop good practice to improve the services on offer to young people.
Having gained her Higher Diploma in Community and Youth Work, she then went on to do her BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work gaining a First Class degree, and an MA in Gender Development and Culture. This opened up career opportunities in management, supervision and training, where she was lead officer for the design and delivery of curriculum development, updating of policies such as, safeguarding procedures for frontline staff, and also widening opportunities for children and young people.
Before joining the education team at Teesside University, she was involved in teaching youth work staff, young people and volunteers for a number of years.
Marion is now currently programme leader for the childhood and youth degree, she also teaches on the youth work and youth studies degree and also the MSC Youth Work course.
Summary of Research Interests
Marion's research interests are:
- working with women and girls
- domestic violence and its impact on young people’s educational attainment
- barriers to learning
- youth work practice.